Paddy Holohan announces retirement from MMA with immediate effect
By Echo Reporter
UFC flyweight and Tallaght native Paddy Holohan has announced his retirement today due to a rare blood clotting disorder that prevents him from competing in professional mixed martial arts.
According to UFC.com, UFC officials recently learned of Holohan’s rare disorder, which wasn’t disclosed until after his last fight. Subsequently, Holohan was advised by medical professionals to retire with his long-term health and safety in mind.
Speaking via UFC.com Holohan said: “I was born with a factor missing in my blood called Factor XIII, I never disclosed it then or now. I can no longer pass the medical requirements to compete.”
“I knew that it was so rare that organizations wouldn’t understand or take the chance with me, as I have found out now,” Holohan continued. “I never explained in full to my coach John Kavanagh or my team the actual risks because I didn’t think there was excess risk.”
Holohan came to prominence around the same time as SBG team-mate Conor McGregor, and although he has mixed emotions about the announcement, he is fully focused on now moving ahead with a new chapter in the career.
“I’m happy because I always wore my heart on my sleeve, never cheated, never turned away from diversity or challenges, and always strived to inspire and encourage people from all backgrounds,” Holohan said.
“And I’m sad because I will never make that walk again, under those lights, feeling all those uncomfortable, yet life-giving feelings as they count and you hear ‘Walk, walk, walk,’ staring into a camera, knowing millions are watching, but most importantly the Irish are watching.
“Thanks to all of my team over the past nine years at SBG,” Holohan added. “My coach John who backed me regardless when I had nothing but effort to offer him in payment, it’s been an incredible journey for this council kid!
“To all the Irish people and people of my hometown of Tallaght who have always caught my falls and helped me back to my feet, I am forever grateful to the people who have backed me through thick and thin. This has made me the man I am today.”